Part of my daily routine is surfing for new trends and developments online, and what I have come across recently is very interesting. This site looks to me as one that will start a trend, and I personally feel now is a great time to get on board, and like the majority of what I promote, is free to join. Its called SocialSpark.

SocialSpark is a powerful combo as a result of social networking features, blog monetization and traffic building mash up. SocialSpark’s features allow its members to contact and comment each other, prop or drop profiles, have their latest blog post publicized in addition to various chances available to monetize their blog and gain traffic.

What kinds of opportunities are there on Social Spark?

Sponsored Post
In the Sponsored Post Opportunity, a Blogger will create a unique sponsored post on his/her blog based on the guidance the Advertiser provides. The Advertiser can choose to have each Blogger include an image, video or press release along with the Blogger’s own text. The Advertiser pays per unique blog post that is created on each unique blog.

Blog Sponsorship
Blog sponsorships are a means by which the Advertisers to utilize SocialSpark’s unique technology to create a ‘welcome mat’ and persistent sponsorship banner on blogs. Sponsorships can consist of text, images or video. The advertiser pays per day that a select blog runs the Blog Sponsorship.

Sparks are free Opportunities that serve as ideas for blog posts. Sparks are utilized primarily by Bloggers, but may also be used by Advertisers. They offer no tracking or segmentation options.
As the article is written there are more-less 300 opportunities (30 pages with 10 opps on each page) from Sponsored Post to Sparks available for bloggers. You can get a decent amount of income through Sponsored Post and Blog Sponsorship as well as extra traffic and exposure from Spark opportunities.

Sponsored Post Dilemma

The system is good, the network works and the opportunities are endless. But those aren’t all. SocialSpark recognizes the common problems with sponsored posts. Search engines hate them and blog readers loath them (unless they fall into the readers’ topic). That’s why Social Spark has their own “Code of Ethics” to maintain the relationship between bloggers, readers, search engines and advertisers. Here are their Codes taken from their page:

100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure
Your readers trust you. SocialSpark is committed to keeping it that way. That’s why we insist on a strict policy of full in-post disclosure for all sponsored posts. By receiving payment for blogging about a certain topic, even if you would have written about that topic anyway, you run the risk of giving the impression of a conflict of interest. By showing your audience, in a very visible and proactive manner, that you are being paid for that content, you will maintain the trust of your readers and avoid any appearance of impropriety.

Each sponsored post opportunity within the SocialSpark marketplace provides the blogger a small snippet of code for a Disclosure Badge. This badge protects both you and the advertiser, providing an audit-able disclosure trail that exceeds compliance standards based on FTC and WOMMA guidelines.

100% Transparency
Every participant in SocialSpark is made viewable to the public. The public can also see which bloggers are working with which advertisers on which opportunities. This is designed to keep the community honest and open about the transactions that occur. If you don’t want someone to know you are doing business with a particular advertiser or blogger, chances are you should reconsider.

100% Real Opinions
Subject to the specific agreement you form with an advertiser, you are free to write or say whatever you want. It’s up to you to pick the Opportunities that best suit you and your blog. If it doesn’t feel right, if you don’t own the product, or if you can’t be honest we ask you to pass on the Opportunity.

100% Search Engine Friendly
Each sponsored link in SocialSpark automatically carries the “no-follow” attribute so as not to affect search engine rankings. This is designed to protect bloggers and advertisers from search engine penalties based on paid linking.

I am awaiting confirmation from my registration to start monetizing with SocialSpark. As always I will let you know how it goes. Thats what this blog is for after all, to educate :) Till next post, take it easy.
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1 Response to 'Another Way to Monetize Your Blog'

  1. flor'> April 29, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    goodluck to you tim my blog was not approved because my blog is made up only of affiliate links but i heard from my friend that this is indeed a very good network for blogger


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